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Finding the back of the net twice against the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley gave Steve Begin a day off on Thursday.
"Beg, he scores so much," he chuckled. "You need to be a pretty good scorer to find a way to score two goals with no goalies in net. You have to be pretty deceiving."
The goals -- gifted to Begin on a pair of puck-handling gaffs by Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard -- give Begin his first multi-goal game since November 21, 2007, victimizing Rick Dipietro of the New York Islanders while a member of the the Montreal Canadiens.
Begin's only other multi-goal game came against Patrick Lalime and the Ottawa Senators on Valentine's Day 2004.
Making the jump from the college ranks to the pro game, Ben Hanowski has many a lesson to learn in preparation for next season.
Hartley hopes Hanowski takes those lessons to heart.
"I think for Benny, it was just to find out about pro hockey and to go back home after the regular season and say 'okay, this is from the the taste I got the difference between NHL hockey and college hockey'," Hartley said. "He'll have something to gauge himself with what he needs to learn to do and to improve and what he's doing good. I think it's a very valuable experience for Ben."
So far, Hanowski is passing with flying colors. He scored his first National Hockey League goal in his first game and is averaging 12:33 of ice time through his young career.
Coach Bob Hartley had little in the way of history with Joey MacDonald before the Flames plucked the veteran goaltender off waivers in February.
He's been impressed since.
"Joey has done unbelievably well," Hartley said. "Great personality, great worker, always early on the ice for practice. His teammates love him. With us, he's very easy to work with and everything. Obviously we feel fortunate we have two great goalies."
The characteristics of an ideal back-up, said Hartley.
"When you look at a back-up, you look at a guy that will be early on the ice for practice and he will stay after plus during practice, he will challenge the players like it's a game situation," he said. "The fun starts with the goalies. The goalies work hard in practice, suddenly its a bigger challenge for shooters. It's fun. The guys score goals. They know they have to work hard. It puts life in practice and I think it's great for team chemistry. Those two guys, they battle hard. They're just fun to be around.
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